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uberThe Citizen reports that Uber will be challenging this week’s ruling by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) that seven deactivated drivers of the app-based service are employees and not “driver partners”.  

The ruling was based on the fact that the company could deactivate the drivers’ access to the app.  The ruling was welcomed by a drivers’ lobby group called ‘The Movement’, but Uber said on Tuesday that it would seek a review of the ruling in the Labour Court.  Uber stated:  “There is a long legal challenge ahead before this ruling can be considered a win, or a loss for any side.”  The company added:  “The vast majority of drivers who use Uber tell us it is because of this freedom and flexibility that they signed up to use the Uber app.”  But according to the CCMA ruling, the drivers are subject to Uber’s control as contained in the deactivation policy.  Uber also claimed that in the meantime the finding would only apply to the seven individuals in question.

  • Read this report by Yadhana Jadoo in full at The Citizen

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